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EPI Graduate Assistantships

The Energy Policy Institute (EPI) is hiring Graduate Assistants for Spring 2020, with the possibility of renewal for Summer 2020 or the following school year. We seek applicants with a strong interest in energy; demonstrated ability to think critically, to write well and to perform analysis; as well as a capacity to work flexibly as a team player or independently (as needed) in an advancing Institute. Students with strengths in qualitative, quantitative or geospatial methods are invited to apply. Solid experience in GIS analysis and/or statistical analysis is preferred.


Applicants must be able to commit to 20 hours a week, admitted to the Boise State University Graduate College and fully admitted to their degree program, carrying at least 9 graduate credit hours during a GA-relevant semester of the school year, and not be working for the University in another paid role (contact us with questions).

Successful applicants will support a range of projects. Depending on experience and timelines, sample projects may include studies on critical infrastructure and system risk, energy industrial development and jobs, or aspects of energy adoption. One hire will support a two-year project funded by the Sloan Foundation on regional electricity markets and the relationship of different governance regimes to market outcomes.

We encourage applicants from all graduate programs and disciplines to apply.

EPI’s Graduate Assistants (GAs) receive competitive hourly pay, tuition (in or out-of-state), and student fees for the given semester. Renewal for subsequent semesters is contingent upon satisfactory performance and budget. In return, the appointment requires a 20-hour per week commitment for research activities, as noted above, at EPI during the school year.

To apply

Send a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) writing sample, and 4) recent transcript (unofficial acceptable) by email to Kathy Araujo, One PDF with all four documents is preferred. The cover letter should include: which graduate program you are in and when you expect to graduate, your research experience, plus interest/experience in energy, and why you are interested in working at EPI. Review begins immediately.

For questions, contact Kathy Araujo, Deadline for Spring 2020: 11/27/19.

EPI Overview

The Institute is a professional research and advising center that is the policy arm for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.* We produce research and policy-relevant work on energy decision-making, including social and technical aspects of energy systems change. We are performance-oriented and deadline-driven.

*CAES is a consortium of public universities in the Intermountain West plus Idaho National Laboratory.

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